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1 point /ˈpoɪnt/ noun
plural points
1 point
/ˈpoɪnt/
noun
plural points
Learner's definition of POINT
[count] : an idea that you try to make other people accept or understand
[count] : a particular detail of an idea or argument
the point : the main or most important idea of something that is said or written
see also to the point (below)
: a reason for doing something : purpose
[singular]
often + of
often + in
[noncount]
[count] : an individual detail or part of something
see also rallying point, selling point, sticking point, talking point
[count] : a particular position, location, or place
[count] : a particular time or a particular stage in the development of something usually singular
see also breaking point, point of no return, turning point
[count]
: a unit of measurement
see also boiling point, dew point, flash point, freezing point, melting point
: a unit that is used to score a game or contest
see also extra point, game point, match point, set point
points [plural] informal : praise, credit, or approval for doing something good or helpful
[count] : the usually sharp end of something (such as a sword, needle, or pencil)
[count] : a small dot
10 
[count] : decimal point used especially in speech to say a number that includes a decimal point
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[count] : any one of the 32 marks on a compass that are used for showing directions
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[count] : a piece of land that sticks out into a lake, ocean, etc.
sometimes used in names
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[count] British : outlet 4
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[count] : a unit that measures the size of letters typed on a computer or printed in a published work

beside the point

see beside

from point A to point B

see 1a

in point of

formal
: when considering (a particular quality) : with regard to (something)

make a point

◊ If you make a point of doing something or make it a point to do something, you give your attention to it so that you are sure that it happens.

not to put too fine a point on it

see 1fine

on point

US
: relating very well to the subject that is being discussed : accurate and appropriate

to the point

: relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed see also 1point 1c (above)

up to a point

used to indicate that a statement is partly but not completely true
2 point /ˈpoɪnt/ verb
points; pointed; pointing
2 point
/ˈpoɪnt/
verb
points; pointed; pointing
Learner's definition of POINT
: to show someone where to look by moving your finger or an object held in your hand in a particular direction
[no object]
often + at
often + to often + toward
[+ object]
see also finger-pointing
[+ object] : to cause the front or tip of (something) to be turned toward someone or something
often + at
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to have the end or tip extended, aimed, or turned in a specified direction
computers : to use a mouse or other device to move the pointer on a computer screen to a particular object or place
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to show (someone) which direction to travel in order to reach a particular place : to direct (someone) toward something
[+ object] : to give a sharp end to (something)
[+ object] : to repair (a wall, chimney, etc.) by putting new cement or other material between the bricks or stones

point an accusing finger at, point a/the finger at

see 1finger

point out

[phrasal verb]
point out (someone or something) or point (someone or something) out : to direct someone's attention to (someone or something) by pointing
point out (something) or point (something) out : to talk about or mention (something that you think is important)

point the way

: to show the way to go in order to get somewhere often used figuratively

point to

[phrasal verb]
point to (something)
: to mention or refer to (something) as a way of supporting an argument or claim

point to/toward

[phrasal verb]
point to/toward (someone or something)
: to show that something is true or probably true

point up

[phrasal verb]
point up (something) or point (something) up formal
: to bring attention to (something) : to highlight or emphasize (something)

point your toes

: to bend your foot down so that the top of it and the front of your leg form a straight line
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